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Jordan Cronenweth

Jordan Scott Cronenweth, ASC (February 20, 1935 – November 29, 1996) was an American cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California. A contemporary of Conrad Hall, he was recognized for his distinctive style of heavily textured, film noir-inspired photography, seen in numerous classic films, including Zandy's Bride, Gable and Lombard, Altered States, and Peggy Sue Got Married. He is perhaps best remembered for his BAFTA Award-winning work on the groundbreaking science fiction film Blade Runner,[1] which is credited as codifying the cyberpunk aesthetic, and is lauded by some as among the best cinematography of all time.[2][3]

Jordan Cronenweth
Jordan Scott Cronenweth

(1935-02-20)February 20, 1935
DiedNovember 29, 1996(1996-11-29) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1969–1992
Known forBlade Runner
Altered States
Peggy Sue Got Married
ChildrenJeff Cronenweth

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and received an ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases, and he is widely considered one of the most influential cinematographers of all time.[4][5]

He was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Life and careerEdit

Born in Los Angeles, California on February 20, 1935, Cronenweth attended North Hollywood High School and later Los Angeles City College, majoring in Engineering. While in college he interned as a film lab assistant at Columbia Pictures and acted as a cameraman on the 1955 musical film Oklahoma!.[6]

His widely acclaimed[7][8] work on the science fiction-noir Blade Runner won the Best Cinematography Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and got a BSC Award nomination and BAFTA Film Award. He won a 1987 ASC Award and earned an Academy Award nomination for Peggy Sue Got Married.

Cronenweth was initially hired as the director of photography for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, but halfway through production producers replaced him with Fred J. Koenekamp.[9]

He was also replaced two weeks into the production of Alien 3 after falling ill, and died in 1996 at the age of 61.[10] Cause of death was Parkinson's disease.

A 2003 poll of his peers conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Cronenweth among the ten most influential cinematographers of all time.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

He and his first wife Carol had three children, Christie Cronenweth, Tim Cronenweth, and two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth.[13] He was later married to Shane Cronenweth.

Cronenweth was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1978. He continued working despite pain for 13 years.


Awards & nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Lightman, Herb A. and Richard Patterson (March 1999). Cinematography for Blade Runner. Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine American Cinematographer
  2. ^ "Cinematography for Blade Runner - page 1". Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  3. ^ "Blade Runner: The Cinematography of Jordan Cronenweth". DIY Photography. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  4. ^ "Blade Runner: The Cinematography of Jordan Cronenweth". DIY Photography. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  5. ^ "ICG Announces Top 10 Influential Cinematographers". Creative Planet Network. 2014-06-09. Archived from the original on 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  6. ^ "JORDAN CRONENWETH". Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  7. ^ ""Oh, My...." Cinematography: Blade Runner". "Oh, My...." Cinematography. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  8. ^ "The Cinematography of "Blade Runner" (1982) – Evan E. Richards". Evan E. Richards. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  9. ^ Ryan, Mike (2011-01-26). "Jeff Cronenweth on His Oscar Nomination for The Social Network and Joining His Late Father as a Nominee". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  10. ^ Staff report (December 25, 1996). Memorial Service Set for Cronenweth. Los Angeles Times
  11. ^ Staff report (October 17, 2003). Cinematographers pick their Top 11. Los Angeles Times
  12. ^ "Top 10 Most Influential Cinematographers Voted on by Camera Guild," October 16, 2003. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
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